Tagged consolidation

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 20

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the NEFMC discusses management priorities and habitat alternatives; Doc Hastings reveals a draft Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill; an economic analysis finds no evidence of excessive concentration of groundfish shares in New England; the Atlantic sea scallop fishery gains MSC certification against the wishes of some Maine scallopers; Maine continues to develop plans to cut the elver harvest; stakeholders meet to discuss the green crab invasion; a new report says aquaculture impacts can be minimal. … More Info »

NOAA’s 2011 Groundfish Report by the Numbers

On December 26th, NOAA released its “2011 Final Report on the Performance of the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery (May 2011-April 2012).” Overall, the report indicates that groundfish catch and net revenues are increasing steadily, although some stocks, most notably Georges Bank haddock, are fished at a level far below the annual catch limit. Consolidation and equity issues are still a major concern. Measures of fleet inequality generally improved from 2010 levels, and the decline in boat numbers has slowed noticeably following a sharp drop-off between 2009 and 2010. Here are some highlights of the data. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, October 12

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, some fishermen continue to oppose 10-year rebuilding requirements for overfished stocks; a new initiative will help Maine fishermen seeking to enter the groundfish fleet; a dead finback whale creates a challenge in Boston Harbor, John Bullard supports limits on catch share accumulation, cod brings large trawlers to inshore waters; a new article discusses the history and restoration of alewife populations. … More Info »

Overfishing 101: Dissecting Sectors

New England groundfish fishermen have operated for more than a year under a new system of cooperative fishing groups called sectors. And as often happens with any transformation within an industry, some have prospered, while others have not. Some government officials are asking the federal government to overturn these reforms, but others say leave the basic system alone. So what’s really happening? … More Info »

Breaking a System That Isn’t Broken?

Ken Stump is Policy Director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network. Not so long ago, New England’s historic groundfish fisheries were the poster child for chronic overfishing. Today, the region’s fisheries are becoming a good news story for the first … More Info »

Consolidation in the New England Groundfish Fishery is Not New: The 80-20 Rule

The first fishing year under the new sector management system came to a close last week, and while a detailed analysis of the social and economic effects of the new system has yet to be released, consolidation in the groundfish … More Info »